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Specialty Education in Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health

Residency/Graduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health
- Program Description
- Curriculum
- Facilities
- Faculty
- Resident Life
- Program Schedule
- Honors & Distinctions
- Application Process

A.  Program Description

The Section of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health of The Ohio State University and Columbus Children's Hospital offer a 2-year postgraduate training program in Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health. A certificate of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health is conferred to candidates who successfully complete the 24-month program. A Master of Science degree is also conferred following the completion of a thesis within the 24-month period with no additional cost to residents due to fee and tuition waivers. Nationwide Children's Hospital also provides a certificate of residency completion.

Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the five largest children's hospitals in the United States. Although a private hospital, it has strong ties with The Ohio State University. In fact, the University's Department of Pediatrics is based at the hospital. Children's serves the central Ohio area as well as the city of Columbus. Nationwide Children's Hospital does not turn away any patient because of inability to pay, so residents enjoy the assurance that educational opportunities will not be compromised because of a patient's economic status.

The relationship between Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Ohio State University provides a host of benefits to the pediatric dental resident. Residents enjoy employee status at Children's with a salary from $48,673 to 50,292 depending on the year in residency. As a graduate student, the resident enjoys access to the resources and services of one of the largest state universities in the United States, and your tuition and fees are waived. Each resident receives three weeks of paid vacation and paid meals for in-house call.  Funding for travel to the national and regional meetings are provided if funds are available.  We invest well over $100,000 per resident over the two-year period in salary, benefits, and fee waivers. 

Patient care opportunities include primary care Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health in a modern 18-chair dental clinic. Residents are assigned their own dental assistant for all care.  Sedation and general anesthesia experiences are available at both Nationwide Children’s Hospital in a new surgery center dedicated to dental care for children and the Ohio State University Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health Clinic’s McConnell General Anesthesia Suite.  The residency program also provides dental care opportunities for children with special health care needs and medically compromised in either the clinic settings or main operating room suites. Orthodontics treatment is provided under the tutelage of orthodontists.  

The Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health Residency Program has full accreditation from the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

B. Curriculum

The program offers a well balanced didactic and clinical curriculum with ample learning opportunities in all aspects of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health, aimed at successful completion of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health certification process.  Clinical and didactic teaching opportunities include teaching dental students, medical residents, and other allied health staff. Each resident is required to complete a research protocol leading to a Masters thesis.  Research training, funds and time are incorporated in the curriculum. Our program is known for its resident research, having captured numerous awards and featuring world renown Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health faculty with funded programs.  Elective rotations and continuing education opportunities are provided throughout the residency program.

Didactics

Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health
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Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health Overview
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Behavior Management 
ŸPulp Biology and Traumatology 
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Sedation
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Restorative
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Cariology and Periodontology
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Children with Special Health Care Needs 
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Dental Public Health and Child Advocacy 
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Contemporary Issues Seminars    
 

Graduate & Other Courses
ŸStatistics
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Research Design
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Cephalometrics
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Growth & Development
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Orthodontic Treatment Planning
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Craniofacial Anomalies
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Photography
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Legal Issues
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Oral Pathology
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Pediatric Internal Medicine

Clinical Rotations

Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health
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Comprehensive Care Clinic
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Dental Surgery Center (OSU and Hospital)
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Sedation Clinic
ŸTrauma Clinic
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Ortho Clinic
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Emergency Clinic
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Special Health Care Clinic
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Baby Clinic
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Periodontics Clinic
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Center for Developmental Disabilities
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Mobile Coach (Community Dentistry)

Medical Rotations
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Pediatrics Medicine
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Anesthesia
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Hematology/Oncology 
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Sickle Cell Clinic
ŸCardiology
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Bone Clinic
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Long-term Cancer Survivors Clinic
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Craniofacial Clinic



 

C. Faculty

Full-Time Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health
Homa Amini*, DDS, MPH
Paul Casamassimo*, DDS, MS
Ann Griffen*, DDS, MS
Sarat Thikkurissy*, DDS, MS
Dennis McTigue*, DDS, MS
Ashok Kumar, BDS, MS
Elizabeth Gosnell, DMD, MS
Diego Solis, DDS

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part-Time                                   
Ronald Erkis, DDS - Orthodontics
Henry Fields, DDS, MS, MSD  -   Orthodontics
Jeff Milton*, DDS, MS  -  Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health
Mark Siegal*, DDS, MPH  -  Dental Public Health
Megann Smiley*, DMD, MS  -  Dental Anesthesiology
Scott Nieman*, DDS  -  Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health
Cecilia Moy*, DDS, MS  -  Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health
Kara Morris*, DDS, MS - Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health
Lucia Gerstmann*, DDS - Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health
Theodore Huter, DDS  -  Orthodontics
Kumar Subramanian, DDS, MS - Endodontics

*Board Certified in the respective dental specialty

D. Application Process

For more information regarding this program, please contact: Dr. Homa Amini, Program Director at Homa.Amini@NationwideChildrens.org, at The Ohio State University.  Applications are now processed through the PASS program (Postdoctoral Application Support Service) and can be located here: PASS APPLICATION

Resident selection occurs through participation in the National Matching Service. Click here for more information on the MATCH.